Virender Sehwag, the former Indian dashing opening batsman, said that Rajasthan Royals seem to be a one-person attack in their bowling department with everyone apart from England pacer Jofra Archer failing to perform. Jofra Archer has been Rajasthan Royals’ best bowler in IPL 2020 and has picked 17 wickets in 13 matches averaging 18.82.
Rajasthan Royals face Kings XI Punjab in a must-win game on Friday. They have another game after this which will be against KKR on Sunday. Six teams are still in the competition for the 3 available playoff spots.
Jofra Archer Works Hard But Others Are Struggling: Virender Sehwag
Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2020 Play-offs after Kolkata Knight Riders lost on Thursday to MS Dhoni’s CSK which still leaves six teams fighting for the other 3 spots.
Rajasthan Royals will take on the Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Friday. With two games left for Steve Smith’s men against KXIP and KKR, they are in a do-or-die situation as a loss in any of the two games will knock them out of IPL 2020.
Looking at the composition of their team, former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag was of the opinion that it would be tough for them to beat KL Rahul’s KXIP on Friday who has won five consecutive matches.
The Rajasthan Royals bowling is where the team really seems to be lacking, according to the swashbuckling batsman. He said that Rajasthan is a one-person attack with Jofra Archer bowling extremely well and said that he needs to be supported and backed up by the others if RR have to win their next two matches.
“The Rajasthan Royals bowlers are struggling. It is just a one-man attack. Jofra Archer works hard to gather dot balls and wickets, but [Ankit] Rajpoot and [Karthik] Tyagi carelessly give boundaries away.
“By the way, didn’t Rajasthan also get Varun Aaron to the UAE? He bowls at 140 kmph regularly. Are you saving him to invest in mutual funds? Abu Dhabi is a quick wicket and he could be useful over there,” Sehwag said in his usual humorous fashion.
Varun Aaron has gone wicketless while the trio of Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot have been expensive too. Kartik Tyagi has picked up seven wickets in nine games but has conceded more than 9.41 runs per over.
Steve Smith Has To Figure Out His Batting Position: Virender Sehwag
He also added that finally the batting seems to be clicking for the team, but was critical of skipper Steve Smith constantly changing his batting position.
“The Rajasthan batting has begun to look good, but one cannot understand what Steve Smith is trying to do about his batting position. He’s opening sometimes, playing at No. 3 at times, and has also played at No. 4 and No. 5. Is it a batting order or a buffet that everything needs to be tried.”
“It would be better to send Jos Buttler at the top. It’s almost as if you have a canon with you but you are making do with a water pistol,” Sehwag said in his characteristic style.
Steve Smith, the captain of Rajasthan Royals, has scored 276 runs in 13 matches averaging a shade over 25 with three fifties beside his name which is ordinary since he averages overall over 35 which he maintained all time except IPL 2020. He has a solitary hundred and 11 fifties.
In the match against KXIP, Varun Aaron, Jofra Archer and Kartik Tyagi are the pacers while Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia are the spinners in the starting XI.